Issue 17 contributor Leslie Kell has developed a meticulous process to create her photographic compositions.
What is your artistic process like?
I’ve developed an original technique synthesizing the artistry of design and photography. Rather than paint, I use the colors, textures and patterns of my photographs in graphic compositions to create surreal environments.
These pieces go through three main phases of development and can take months to complete. The photography is an ongoing pursuit and is captured at every opportunity and on specific photoshoots. The design phase of an image begins in a sketchbook and is developed into a computer drawing.
“Adhering to a technique keeps my mind focused, plus it heightens the chances of mastery.”
Composition is the melding of the first two stages: I select photos to layer into the drawing. As the photos interact to create the highlights, shadows, and contours of the image and as the process progresses, the artwork begins to emerge.
My imagery has always been driven by process, even in my earlier works. I suspect adhering to a technique keeps my mind focused, plus it heightens the chances of mastery. The resulting consistent outcomes and highly recognizable style are part of the process.